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The Pike County Courier
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Babette Smith opens Go Fund Me page to repair private bridge

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  • Babette Smith opens Go Fund Me page to repair private bridge
  • 5/10/2021
  • Album ID: 2279066
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

Babette Smith's letter to the editor, April 29, 2021

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  • Babette Smith's letter to the editor, April 29, 2021 To the Editor:  In response to the article about the bridge on Aycoff Lane, I am the owner of the bridge and never refused to repair the bridge. I cannot financially pay the necessary engineering firm required to do the permit application fee of $1500.00 to PA DEP then add the cost of the contractor to do the necessary repairs. I have spoken with the PA DEP in person in the Scranton office with my neighbor, Barbara Alaimo about the necessity of several of the assessments they required that would push the engineering costs to excessive amounts. Considering the fact the repairs would not in any way affect the water in the brook, I spoke with two different contractors about the repairs. They can not touch the bridge without the permit. The second contractor advised the signage on the bridge restricting trucks for the safety of the bridge. Unfortunately I am not able to secure the necessary funds for repairs due to the fact that I remortgaged to pay the medical fees after two bouts of cancer that finally took my husband's life. The equity in my home is just not there. If the three other homeowners on the property were willing to pay their share, we could go forward with the process. I cannot afford to do this alone. I also have my heating oil and had three different ambulance calls for my grandson. I put him in the car and met the ambulances on the bridge approach so they did not have to cross the bridge. Everyone this side of the bridge has had to deal with this.  I want this bridge repaired ust as much as mu neighbors. I do need help and have tried several requests to political figures to see what my options would be, but to no avail. I was never even afforded a return phone call to say we cannot help you.  I am extremely upset that I was portrayed as uncaring by people that were aware of my attempts to get help. I know they are upset and frustrated, and so am I. But perhaps if they were willing to help instead of blaming, we could have a safe bridge again. The remark of no bridge repairs was also incorrect due to replacement of planking and runners. Mr. Bagley and Mrs. Alaimo assisted me in finding a vendor to order the planking. Also incorrect was the remark I rent two properties. I rent only the former home of my parents. I was planning to sell it, but rented to a neighborhood couple who were in need of housing because their rental was being sold.  I am totally open to anyone willing to help or share resources leading to the repair of the bridge. Please write to me at PO Box 449, Milford, PA 18337. At today's prices, bridge repairs could be upwards of $40,000.00. As a 74 year old retired widow raising a special needs grandson, the expectation that I can do this on my own is an unreasonable expectation.  Sincerely, Babette Smith
  • 5/2/2021
  • Album ID: 2278715
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

DV teachers' union gave $22K last year to community groups

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  • DV teachers' union gave $22K last year to community groups.
  • 4/24/2021
  • Album ID: 2278375
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Soiree celebrated completion of the 70 bed nursing home includin 50 units of assisted living apartme

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  • Soiree celebrated completion of the 70 bed nursing home including 50 units of assisted living apartments in Westfall Township
  • 4/17/2021
  • Album ID: 2278087
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

John Curwood's plea, Pike County Court, April 15, 2021

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  • John Curwood's plea, Pike County Court, April 15, 2021
  • 4/15/2021
  • Album ID: 2278012
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

Dangerous bridge scares those who must cross it

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  • Dangerous bridge scares those who must cross it
  • 4/14/2021
  • Album ID: 2277940
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

John Curwood's pics from daughter, Joy McCann, for her editorial

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  • John Curwood's pics from daughter, Joy McCann, for her editorial
  • 3/29/2021
  • Album ID: 2277220
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

Snowy Milford, PA February 3, 2021 following Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Nor’easter

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  • Snowy Milford, PA February 3, 2021 following Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Nor’easter Warwick teens sledding at Knapps View in Chester
  • 2/3/2021
  • Album ID: 2274705
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

After months of a costly wait for the Polhills in Dingman's Ferry, Met-ed comes through

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  • After months of a costly wait for the Polhills in Dingmans Ferry, Met-ed comes through
  • 12/26/2020
  • Album ID: 2272959
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris

Tri-Verstiy transgender day of remembrance 2020 Nov 20th Milford, PA

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  • Tri-Versity transgender day of remembrance 2020 Nov 20, 2020 in Milford, PA
  • 11/20/2020
  • Album ID: 2271550
  • Photos by Frances Ruth Harris
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